Coach Chris Rivera (fourth season, 12-18)
Class B, District 5
Sizing up the Warriors: Depth is always a concern at the small-school level. The issue was exacerbated when a rash of injuries struck the Warriors.
Highly skilled Marcus Montanez, Calvary's top lineman, was lost for the season after tearing his patella tendon playing a pickup basketball game at the start of the summer.
Jordan Schmidt, who was battling Johnny Hubbard at quarterback, had the labrum on his throwing arm scoped and will miss the first couple weeks of the season.
In the wing-T attack, the Warriors have three rushers capable of carrying the load in sophomore Stephen Rice and seniors Jordan Ankrom and Zach Mueller. All three provide Hubbard with reliable receiving targets.
On defense, Calvary's strength lies in a quartet of hard-hitting linebackers. Andrew Chen and Matt Ankrom have blossomed as inside backers. Jordan Ankrom shifted from free safety to strongside linebacker and Frasier Lee patrols the weakside. The key will be whether the defensive line can keep blockers at bay to allow the linebackers to make plays.
- Calvary's success could hinge on the offensive line. "If we block we should be able to score points, bottom line," coach Chris Rivera said. Chen, a four-year starter at guard, is the leader in the trenches. Depth beyond the starting five is limited, so keeping everybody healthy is a must.
- There are question marks in the secondary, but Schmidt, ahead of schedule on his rehab, could help alleviate some of those concerns.
- Ryan Smith, who would have been a senior running back, transferred to East Lake in the offseason.